I’ve devoured this series for years, impatiently waiting for each book to be released. Something about the characters and the story keeps me coming back for more. And they have dragons. . .need I say more?
Author: Michelle Sagara
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (purchased and via NetGalley)
Release date: July 2014
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad.
Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.
She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.
And it’s not the only thing.
I find myself struggling to write this review. There’s just too much detail to capture to do it justice. In this book, Kaylin continues to work as a Hawk and take magic lessons at night…that is when she’s not getting into trouble. The barrani she recused from West March have been changed by its wild magic. As they attempt to assimilate to the new world, chaos follows in their wake. Their presence awakens a dormant magic that’s both deadly and dangerous. Kaylin and her friends race against time to solve the mystery, but the ancient evil won’t be stopped without a fight.
I loved learning more about this world, it’s unique and exciting, and while this book introduced some new elements, the normal freshness seemed missing. There wasn’t really a mystery or murder to solve until late in the book. And while dragons take flight and join the battle, parts of the story were overtaken by too much technical details and repetition. It destroyed the flow and dragged out what should’ve been great action scenes. Unfortunately, I had the same problem with the last book. A good fifty pages or more could’ve been cut without missing anything and created a much stronger book.
I adore all the characters, especially Kaylin and Severn, but I’m a romantic at heart and anxiously wait for them to take their relationship to the next level. And become disappointed all over again when nothing happens. Overall, I enjoyed the amazing storytelling and fascinating world. Despite the problems, I’m emotionally invested in these characters, so while I will read the next book, I don’t see myself pre-ordering them anymore.
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